2016 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Longtable Vineyard
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2016 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Longtable Vineyard
2016 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Longtable Vineyard
2016 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Longtable Vineyard
2016 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Longtable Vineyard
2016 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Longtable Vineyard
2016 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Longtable Vineyard

This single vineyard wine showcases what the higher elevation mountain ridge dividing Napa Valley from Sonoma Valley can produce with its extraordinarily wide range of temperatures during a single day.

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Vineyard 
“In spring of 2003, after years of searching, husband and wife, Jeff Strauss & Mindy Schultheis purchased the former “Kitty Hawk” vineyards, 18 acres of vines planted in rocky hillside at an elevation between 900 & 1,100 feet on the East/South-East slopes of Mount Veeder. They began the task of restoring and replanting the vineyard and renamed the property “Longtable” in honor of their love of bountiful meals and celebrations with family and friends. The vineyard restoration and management has been carefully guided by Daniel Roberts, PhD, an expert in soils science and wine-grape viticulture.  Doug Hill and his entire crew at Oak Knoll Farming – these are the hands that tend the vines, the feet that walk the rows, not only the eyes and ears, but the hearts and souls of what we do.” – The Short Story of Longtable, at http://www.longtablewine.com/the-story/

Vinification
The grapes are hand-harvested and gently crushed to retain 40% whole berries.  The free-run and press wines were kept separate; the resulting bottled wine is almost entirely from free-run juice.  Following fermentation the wine went through malo-lactic fermentation in barrel.  The wine was aged in 100% French oak barrels (60% new) for 21 months and racked several times to naturally clarify the wine and soften the tannins. With no filtration or fining, the wine was laid down in bottle prior to release.

Vintage Notes
2016 began following four continuous years of drought.  Thankfully, over 16 combined inches of rain in January and March eased those worries and the growing season began with bud break 5-10 days early.  With a full soil moisture profile provided by continuing light rains in early spring and no major heat events, fairly even shoot growth was seen throughout the valley.  No significant frost damage occurred, boosting everyone’s hopes for a normal crop load after the dismal harvest size of 2015.  Like bud break, harvest began a little early, but it wasn’t as rushed as the previous year.  During harvest, three significant heat spikes brought temperatures briefly into the high 90s before dropping back to the normal range.  With each dehydrating heat spike, the ability to determine optimal ripeness became a puzzle.  Appearances were deceiving; great patience and continued fruit sampling were key in delivering quality grapes.  Tannins seemed supple and well-integrated very early on.  Small clusters were filled with small berries, which promise intense color and flavors.

Tasting Notes
The 2016 Longtable Vineyard, located on the coveted rugged terrain of Mt. Veeder, is proving to be one of the latest premium vineyards to be planted to on that mountain range, and is producing less than two tons of grapes per acre. Dark and intoxicating seems to be the signature of this vineyard. A tightly constructed powerhouse of a wine, this one you are going to want to decant for hours or bottle age it for a few years before enjoying. Black fruits dominate the palate with molasses, and savory soy notes. The texture is full and rich, the tannins grippy yet extremely fine. Dark and stately, a mountain wine at its finest. The finish is long, revealing lots of minerality and licorice. An exquisite wine from beginning to end.

Technical Analysis    
Varietal       Cabernet Sauvignon (100%), Clone 169
Source          Longtable Vineyard, Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley 
Harvest Date    September 28, 2016
Harvest Sugar    26.9 Brix
Harvest Acid    0.49 gm/100ml
Total Acid    0.63 gm/100ml
pH        3.96
Alcohol        14.8%
Aging        21 months in 100% French Oak, 60% New
Bottle Date    June 2018
Production    136 cases